Special Worker Categories

Disabilities  |  LGBT  |   Mature   |   Military |  Minority  |  New Americans  |  Re-Entry  |   Teens  |  Women 

Many Local Organizations can help you with your search— government agencies, both local and national, organizations targeting special groups of job seekers, and other community groups and universities.  These are listed in links below, along with the useful websites.  Premium websites, those that requires a subscription and generally contain more information than their for-free counterparts, are labeled; these are FREE to library card-holders and require a card number and PIN to access. 

Special Worker Groups: General Information


Job Hunters with Disabilities


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender Job Hunters

     •  Gaywork

     •  Human Rights Campaign Foundation 


Mature Workers

Seeking a second career or a new opportunity? These resources will help identify available positions and provide some tips for applying along the way.

Career Information

    American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
    Quintessential Careers
    Riley Guide
    Wall Street Journal

Job Search Websites

    Career Builder
    Retirement Jobs
    Simply Hired


    AARP Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP)
    Council on Aging
    Employment Connection/United Labor Agency
    National Caucus and Center on Black Aged
    Mature Services 



Resources to help ease the transition from military to civillian life.


    O Net Online
    Helmets to Hardhats
    Career One Stop - Military to Civilian Occupation Translator
    Quintessential Careers - Job Transitioning
    Military Officers Association of America 
    TurboTAP – Transition Assistance Program 
    Career One Stop - Transition to Civilian Life 
    Vet Jobs
    Department of Labor 
    Ohio Career Information Service


Greater Cleveland Veterans Business Resource Council
  The American Red Cross Bldg.
  3637 Euclid Avenue
  Cleveland, OH 44115

U. S. Department of Veteran's Affairs
Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building
  1240 East Ninth Street
  Cleveland, OH 44199
      The Cleveland VA Regional Office serves Ohio's veterans by administering disabilities, vocational
      rehabilitation benefits and home loan guarantee benefits. Case Managers also refer callers to other
      sources of assistance if the inquiries are beyond the scope of VA benefits.

Vet Center
  West Side
  4242 Lorain Avenue, Suite 201
  Cleveland, OH  216-939-0784
  East Side
  2022 Lee Road
  Cleveland Heights, OH  216-932-8471
     Services provided include individual readjustment counseling, referral for benefits assistance,
     group readjustment counseling, marital and family counseling, job counseling and placement,
     sexual trauma counseling, community education, substance abuse information and referral.

Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)
   Veterans Upward Bound offers to veterans and reservists GED preparation, VA educational
   benefits information, academic and personal advising, career assessment, educational planning,
   academic tutoring, workshops, math & English refreshers, financial aid assistance, and veteran
   referral services.   216-987-4938  


Minority Job-Hunters


New Americans

Resources for immigrants and new citizens.

  Welcome to USA. gov
  Basic information from the U. S. government for immigrants and new citizens.
  Click on Find a Job on the right side of the screen.

  First Call for Help 
  United Way Services listing of social services for people in Northeast Ohio.

  U. S. State Department 
  Information from the U. S. State Department on visas.

  U. S. Citizenship & Immigration Service 
  Government agency that oversees lawful immigration into the United States.

  U. S. Department of Labor 
  Information from the U. S. Department of Labor on discrimination issues for immigrants. 


Community Re-Entry

Resources for those re-entering the workforce after correctional history.

Career Information and Advice

   Federal Employment Laws
   Employment Law in Ohio 
   Occupational Outlook Handbook 
   Quintessential Careers
   The Riley Guide

Job Search Websites

   American Staffing for Temporary Employment Agencies
   Careerboard.com for local jobs
   Career Builder
   Plain Dealer/Sun Newspapers Classifieds 
   Idealist for Nonprofit Jobs 
   Net-Temps for Temporary Jobs 
   Ohio Means Jobs
   Snag-a-Job for part-time and hourly jobs


   City Mission    (216-431-3510)
   Community Re-Entry (216-696-2717)
   Goodwill Industries   (216-431-8300)
   Towards Employment   (216-696-5750)
   WREN—Women’s Re-Entry-Network   (216-696-5735)


Women in the Workforce

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Programs  |   Websites  |  Job Training  |  Vocational Training  |  Apprenticeships

Resources for teens looking for a job or a career.

Programs for Teens

These agencies will either help you to find a job or to explore different career options for the future.

Americorps – Ohio
(800) 942-6446
For young adults 17 and older. You will spend 10 months to one year serving community-based organizations in Ohio by helping in education, public safety, human services and the environment. May receive money towards college.

City Year – Cleveland
(216) 574-2677
Offers young adults ages 17-24 in Cleveland the chance to spend 10 months doing community service and receive scholarships. Must have a high school diploma or GED.

Cuyahoga Community College
(800) 954-8742
Offers programs for high school students to take college courses, as well as refresher courses for them to be ready for college.

Employment Connection

Hard-Hatted Women 
(216) 861-6500
Helps women and girls enter trade and technical careers. A summer career exploration camp called Rosie’s Girls is provided for girls in grades six through eight. They will learn leadership skills and apply basic skills in carpentry and other technical trades.

(216) 623-1010
Provides college students with programs that offer skills and work experience necessary for success in business and/or technological careers. Focuses on African-Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans.

Peace Corps 
(800) 424-8580
Volunteer opportunities throughout the world for young college grads and others with professional skills and work experience.

Future Connections
(216) 791-3900
The Future Connections program provides opportunities for summer study/internship experiences for Cleveland merit and honor roll students in their junior year of high school.

Upward Bound Program 
Baldwin Wallace College (440) 826-2208
Case Western Reserve University (216) 368-3750
Cleveland State University (216) 687-9233
Cuyahoga Community College (216) 987-4097
Prepares potential first-generation college students for success in college. Must meet income eligibility.

Urban League of Greater Cleveland
(216) 622-0999
Provides spring tours of historically black colleges/universities for high school students. Fixed fee.

Youth Employment Program (YEP) 
Support to At Risk Teens (START) at Youth One-Stop Center
(216) 426-8469
An introduction to employment for youth ages 18-21. They offer basic education, job readiness training, self-sufficiency skills and job placement.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) 
(216) 566-5445
Serves at-risk youth ages 14-19 in Cuyahoga County. Has summer job placement options for teens as well as tutoring to help them with their classes.

(216) 588-1440
WIRE-Net’s youth programs work with youth from 8th to 12th grade in the Cleveland schools and also older youth ages 17-21. Programs promote career awareness in manufacturing with resources, support, and soft skills training.


Online Resources

Learning Express Library 
A database with interactive online practice tests for dozens of academic and licensing tests, including SAT, ACT, ASVAB, Nursing Entrance Exams, and civil service.

America’s Career Infonet Career One Stop
A comprehensive resource on occupational information and salaries, including videos.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics produces this classic source with hundreds of career profiles.

is Ohio’s new career planning system available to all Ohioans at no cost.  You’ll find lots of tools in the new system to help you explore careers and schools, create a budget and find scholarships.

Career Project  
Look at dozens of different jobs through interviews with people who are in the profession.

My Plan
Covers career profiles, college majors, assessment testing, salaries, and more. Find 500 short videos on careers.

Today’s Military
Information on the job training and careers that the United States Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard have to offer.   

Job Training

Different occupations require different types of training. Education pays off in higher salaries and less chance of unemployment. Some jobs require only on-the-job training, but most jobs require classes beyond high school.

Vocational schools will prepare you for semi-professional or technical jobs.

Community colleges offer two-year degrees, as well as other job training.

Colleges and universities offer 4-year degrees, master’s degrees and doctorates for professional occupations.

is Ohio’s new career planning system available to all Ohioans at no cost.  You’ll find lots of tools in the new system to help you explore careers and schools, create a budget and find scholarships.

Vocational Training

Cleveland Job Corps
(216) 795-8700 

Cuyahoga Community College
Easter Campus: (216) 987-2000
Metro Campus: (216) 987-4000
Western Campus: (216) 987-5000

Cuyahoga Valley Career Center 
(440) 746-8228

Lakeland Community College 
(440) 525-7000

Lorain Community College 
1-800-995-5222/(440) 366-4076

Polaris Career Center 
(440) 891-7600 


Apprenticeships are training programs for trade and craft professions. The course of study usually includes paid on-the-job training from skilled laborers as well as classroom instruction. They cover such essential occupations as bricklayers, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, roofers, sheet metal workers, and painters.

Employment and Training Administration 
(440) 244-7906

Hard Hatted Women
(216) 861-6500

Ohio State Apprenticeship Council
(614) 644-0370

UCIP-ASAP (Union Construction Industry Partnership-Apprentice Skills Achievement Program) 
(216) 432-7037

Corporate College (WEDD) (Division of Cuyahoga Community College)
(216) 987-3053 

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